February 19 – 55th Anniversary of the establishment
of diplomatic relations between Russia and Sri Lanka
On February 19, 2012 within the framework of the celebration of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Sri Lanka in the oldest hotel of Colombo "Galle Face" a gala night was organized by the Russian Embassy and the Russian Cultural Centre in Colombo.
Among the numerous guests were Hon.Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Petroleum Industries, President of the Sri Lanka – Russia Friendship Society, Hon. D.E.W.Gunasekara, Minister of Human Resources, Dr. Saman Weerasinghe, Advisor to H.E. President, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka – Russia Friendship Society, officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and other ministries of Sri Lanka, representatives of business community, mass media, graduates from the Russian universities.
H.E. Mr. Vladimir P. Mikhaylov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Sri Lanka, and Hon. Minister Susil Premajayantha addressed the audience and pointed out the successful development of the friendly relations between Russia and Sri Lanka in all spheres which had become especially active during the recent years.
In conclusion of the function an art exhibition of the Russian painter Mr. Valeriy Belenikin who stayed in Sri Lanka for two months and painted a range of landscape paintings and portraits was held.